Ray Parlour tells Arsenal to sign Giorgio Chiellini

Ray Parlour has identified Juventus stalwart, Giorgio Chiellini as one player that will elevate the club’s defensive setup.

There have been no reports of The Gunners being linked to the 33-year-old veteran defender, while the player himself looks settled in Turin having been at the club since 2005.

Parlour has seen the likes of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner to his defence, which has seen more experience and leadership come into the club.

Parlour also believes that Chiellini will add more quality and trophy-winning knowhow. Parlour, who earned cult while playing for us for 12 years between 1992 and 2004, believes Emery should go all out for the 95-capped Italian defender.

Emery has made his mark on the squad by buying a mix of experienced and young players as he aims to right the wrongs of last season, which proved to be Arsene Wenger’s final one at the club.

Parlour told bwin that, “Arsenal badly needed to improve their defence following last season and Emery has clearly made that a priority this summer.

“I think Sokratis is a good signing and he will be a no-nonsense, traditional defender in the mould of Tony Adams rather than someone who wants to play out from the back.

“The club needs an old school leader who will put their body on the line and demand the best from his team-mates. Chiellini would be the dream defender, though he’s getting on a bit.” he added.

Chiellini is unlikely to join Arsenal as the arrival of Ronaldo at Juventus means that the Old Lady are one of the favourites for the Champions League, a trophy that has eluded the player in his storied career till date.

He joined the Serie A champions from Fiorentina in 2004 and has made 472 appearances, scoring 34 times and earning a reputation as an uncompromising, tough-as-nails, old-fashioned centre-back.


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